Friday, July 8, 2011

Tribute to a Friend

To the soft strains of Scheherazade and the quiet of contemplation, I write this. I'm not a cat who finds words to reach the soul so easily, but when my heart is wrenched wide open, it's the soul I turn to for comfort. You were a wise, old sage who knew the value of silence and the benefit of insight.

You made me laugh with that inevitable British humour (see, Whicky, I even spelled it your own distinctive way). You were one of the first to comment on my life, accept my little world and its stories I enjoy telling so much.

Speaking of stories, I want to reminisce a little, if I could. Here are some of your words of wisdom. A few cracked me up mercilessly, others were said so well I was content to read them over and over. I hope you don't mind my sharing.


February 19, 2010 A visitor didn't like me.

"The only animals to have a dark side are humans. Your delicious sprawl on the table.."
-You knew all about expressive gestures!

March 6 A post about being underfoot

"We have experienced the lumpen footfalls of the lumbering humans. We taught ourselves to herd humans mainly toward the kitchen where the food lives."
-I love the word "lumpen."

April 17 My windowsill post

"There's a slight glaze over your eyes that gives away your nip habit, but a little of what you fancy does you good. Give my regards to Vinny if he's about."
-Your later comments helped us reconcile.

May 29 When I wrote a post about female temptresses, one even sent a seductive photo

"Could you not contemplate even one small mutual grooming session with that very pretty ladycat?"
-'Mutual grooming?' Harhar, Whicky!

And, finally, the most thought-provoking comment of all, my furriends:

In June of last year, I had a post listing all of the things I would do before I died. Some were funny, others were more about purpose. Whicky's comment was the best.

"My dying wish would be for every human child to have an education in animal welfare."

Whicky, your words are our tribute. What we do to fulfill your wish is your legacy.

We love you.



The Island Cats said...

What a wonderful tribute to Whicky! He was a good furiend to all of us and he will be missed.

Deb said...

So sorry to hear. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Everycat said...

Tom, thank you for evoking memories of Whicky in such a beautiful way. It is a very touching tribute to him. You are a compassionate furry chops of a cat and we love you.

Oliver & Gerry

Brian said...

That is a great tribute to The Great One Whicky. I am sad he had to leave us, but I am happy he passed my way. I will remember you always dear Whicky.

Fuzzy Tales said...

That is a wonderful tribute to Whicky. We wish you a peace-full weekend.

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Such a fabulous tribute to Whicky ... thank you for sharing, Tom!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Avalon's Garden and The Garden Cottage Cats said...

Awwww ,
Wif tearz in owr eyez we say,
Beautiful Tribute, to your friend Whicky ~
Peace and Light to you ~
Safe Journey to Whicky ~

Prancer Pie said...

Beyootiful tribute. Purrs.

Fin said...

A lovely post for a wonderful friend to both of us.

Mariodacat said...

What a great tribute pal. He was a great friend, and so humorous but very caring.

Fisher and Staff said...

That is so beautiful, Father Tom. Memories are forever. No one can take them away or change them. We find our peace in them.

meowmeowmans said...

What a beautiful tribute to our dear friend Whicky. We are missing him, and will never forget him.

ABBY said...

What a beautiful loving tribute to the Great Whicky. Whicky was such a special cat and he will be greatly missed. Such a touching remembrance to a fine mancat. We miss you Whicky.


Kwee Cats said...

This is a most beautiful, caring and loving tribute to Mr. Whicky. We wish we could have known him better. Thanks to you, we do.

Team Tabby said...

Great tribute, thanks for sharing these!

Mindy, Moe, Bon Bon, Cookie & Mike

Tamago said...

What a beautiful tribute to Whicky. Thank you for sharing his memory.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What a truly beautiful tribute to Whicky. thank you so much. He was very special and we are heartbroken that he has gone.

Admiral Hestorb said...

What a loving tribute to a beloved cat. He was a comfort to me and especially to my mommy when I have been so I'll. He made mommy feel calmer and hopetulant and he was always dear and forever loving. I was devastated to learn he went to the Bridge. Bless him and his family. Xoxox always.

Admiral Hestorb said...

Sorry for the auto correct I missed I. The above message . Mom tried to type hopeful, and the iPod corrected her. Silly iPod.

sagechronicles said...

I never knew Whicky, but it sounds like he gave some very sage advise. He must have been a wonderful cat and will be sorely missed.

Mr Puddy said...

I don't know much about Whicky but I always see him around by comment he made. and Father Tom, Your tribute is truly wonderful to describe all that. And I'm truly in tear even I don't know much about him.

Sometime, friendship come along way while we travel interweb, We visit some friend and we learn more about our friend and their friends. I love Whicky by some reason, May be because he is Tuxedo same as me. I can't explain much. But I do very appreciate what you did. You went back through your old post and pick up his comments which shows how much the friendship is really mean for. Thank You

Hugs to you
Purrs for him and his family

Father Tom said...

Thank you all for sharing in our tribute to Whicky. It just proves once again what a special bond we all share and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Certainly some friendships will be closer than others, but that's to be expected. Regardless, never a more caring community could there ever be. And, one with the best sense of humor around!

Take care and God bless,

Avalon's Garden and The Garden Cottage Cats said...

Dear Tom & Julie,
We All were very touched by your comment, Thank You for the Compliment and Kind words ~

Soft Purrz & Nose Kissez ~ ^..^

Gattina said...

Unfortunately I don't know Whicky Woodler and you didn't put a link to his/her blog, I don't know what happened except that he/she went to the bridge which is always terrible for the once who stay behind.